Rule number one in flack school is, first, do no harm in what you say. Number two is some version of this: Stay the hell out of the shot.
I've had my ups and downs with number one in my two years on this side but I sure failed miserably at number two today outside the Governor's Office.
Excuses abound - mainly that I, like the troopers next to me and Transportation Secretary Cohen to my right, really did not have anywhere else to stand since it was a jam-packed press avail. But they are just excuses. I failed and now, I pay the price.
Thank you, Associated Press, thank you.